After Molly McCann sent the UFC London crowd into a frenzy with her win, Paddy Pimblett completed another memorable evening for the duo from Liverpool.
Facing off with Jordan Leavitt, “The Baddy” got right to work from the opening bell and pressured Leavitt to the fence. The game plan for “The Monkey King” was quickly on display when he tied up with Pimblett and started looking for takedowns.
While Leavitt was able to get Pimblett down on several occasions in the first round, the Liverpool-native was always able to either scramble to his feet or look for a submission attempt. He managed to get top position in the waning seconds of the round and briefly take Leavitt’s back, which turned out to be a sign of things to come in the next round.
Leavitt went right back to grappling against the fence in the second round, but “The Baddy” snatched a choke and used it to land a hard knee. That opened up the chance for Pimblett to jump on the American’s back and quickly slap on a body triangle that also managed to isolate one of Leavitt’s arms.
With only one arm to defend himself, it was only a matter of time until Pimblett locked up a rear-naked chock and forced a tap from Leavitt.
MMA Twitter Reacts To The Submission
Pimblett has already become one of the most recognizable names in the UFC, and MMA Twitter was quick to react to the 27-year-old’s victory.
This was Pimblett’s first UFC bout to make it out of the first round, and the 27-year-old has now earned finishes in all three of his fights in the UFC.
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